ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The CyberPatriot IV competition officially began Friday, October 28, 2011, with more than 600 All Service teams registered to aggressively defend virtualized networks of computers, racing against the clock to fortify their simulated systems.
Established by the Air Force Association (AFA), CyberPatriot is the nation's largest high school cyber security challenge. This unique competition was designed to give students a hands-on learning experience in cybersecurity and inspire students to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields in their studies.
In this two-track competition, teams have registered from public, private, parochial and home schools in the Open Division and JROTC units of all Services and Civil Air Patrol squadrons filled the All-Service Division. In all, more than 1,000 teams have registered to participate this year.
After six hours of competition, the All Service teams have now jumped their first hurdle as they fight their way to the finals. The composite score of the first and second preliminary rounds will determine which teams advance to Round 3 (the Round of 36 teams). Following that, the top 12 qualifying teams then receive all-expenses-paid trips to the CyberPatriot National Championship Competition held in the Washington, DC area, in March 2012.
"It was a spirited first round of competition, where students overcame technical glitches and displayed exceptional performance," said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot Commissioner. "We congratulate all of them on a job well done! This round saw the most students competing at one time than we've ever had. We hope the competitors had a great time and will be ready to compete again in round two."
Preliminary rounds for the competition are conducted online from the teams' home locations. The next round for the All Service teams will start on December 2, while the Open Division begins competing on November 4.
CyberPatriot is presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, with founding partners SAIC and the CIAS at the University of Texas-San Antonio. CyberPatriot is also a member of the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC), a national coalition of public-private sector entities collaborating to enhance the workforce with the next generation of cyber security professionals.
More information on CyberPatriot can be found at www.usCyberPatriot.org.
The AFA is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA has over 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 120,000 members.
SOURCE Air Force Association